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Turkey Saddles
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Ole Cuss    Posted 10-12-2001 at 12:41:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

The Country Humor section contains a joke from OW that centers on turkey saddles. I didn't get the joke because I don't know what they are, and neither do any of the old-timers I've asked. Can you poultry folk enlighten the rest of us?

Dom    Posted 01-22-2006 at 15:09:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
anybody know where to buy any of those turkey saddles. Im new at this turkey raising thing and plan on doin it the old fashion way lol.

coaltrain    Posted 10-13-2001 at 17:26:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hay I used them a lot back in the 50's and the 60's before artificial breeding. We used them because them the toms would cut the skin and expose the internail organs of the hens made of heavy canvas and rope sewed in. Coaltrain

OW    Posted 10-12-2001 at 18:02:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wellsir, as i recall, they looked rather like a heavy-canvas carpenter's apron, with a few dangling straps. Can't remember whether they had pockets (leg openings) or not, but they strapped-on the hen like a horse saddle, and it was mostly to protect them from the tom's spurs. The toms get pretty frisky, and the neck-biting isn't as harmful as the raking. Needless to say, they didn't have insemination racks back then. So if ya wanted eggs ...... :)

Ole Cuss    Posted 10-13-2001 at 01:34:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks for the info.

Lazy Horse    Posted 10-12-2001 at 17:17:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Doc most of the turkey saddles I am familiar with were made from burlap bags. Like the others said they cover the hens back so the toms did'nt pull all her feathers, and spur the hen when mating. Some of these toms can get pretty big, and I have seen them get rough enough to break a hens back.

I reckon if you could find a small enough jockey you could raise racing turkeys, they think they're fast :-)

Ole Cuss    Posted 10-13-2001 at 01:34:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

Every turkey I ever chased was faster than me.

Tom A    Posted 10-12-2001 at 15:44:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Never saw one, but the books say they are for 'protecting valuable females from damage during mating with big Toms.'

So...what's the joke?


Les...fortunate    Posted 10-12-2001 at 16:00:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Click on "Country Humor" to the left here. It's #2 of 78. Tain't really a joke, just a story. And we always raised turkeys when I was a kid and I never heard of a turkey saddle either.

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